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30.04.2009 | 11:47 BST | UK09 - The BPPA's latest project


I'm very proud of my connections with the British Press Photographers' Association and I always try to submit pictures for our projects. The BPPA is currently accepting work for our latest project - UK09. It's a very simple idea: the country is divided into 135 postal districts and we want images from each of them. It doesn't matter if they have come from commissioned news photography, sports matches or personal projects. What matters is that they help to paint a view of the UK in 2009.


30.04.2009 | 11:12 BST | Drop in pictures


We are in the middle of a recession - a pretty big one at that. Sensible professional photographers all over the world are looking at their business models, talking to their clients and trying to give themselves an edge. A few are trying to compete on price which might work in some markets but will almost certainly destroy others. The rest of us are just looking at what we do and how we do it in the hope that we can raise our collective game.


20.04.2009 | 19:32 BST | The power of pictures

Photography is a powerful medium. As a reader of a newspaper, a viewer of websites or someone looking at images on a gallery wall there can be no mistaking the ability of good pictures to make you think, make you want to know more and create empathy with the scene before you. If you were there and actually took the picture it can be even more true. I have been going back through some very old images of mine and I have been transported all over the world by transparencies and negatives. I remember details of stories that I had otherwise forgotten and its the small stories rather than the big news events that have caught my imagination.


15.04.2009 | 12:55 BST | No going back

I have already written this once since I started this blog, but some things need to be said again - especially when you start to realise that there is something very big going on in your world. What am I talking about? It's the fact that using light is no longer a necessity for most jobs, it's now a choice. The quality of the files that the latest digital SLRs produce even at 3200 ISO and beyond is so good that the need to carry bags of lighting kit has gone away... carrying the kit has become a positive choice, a creative choice, something you do because you want to...


06.04.2009 | 13:12 BST | What you have to do

One of the best things about being a photographer is that you get to do some pretty odd things. Sometimes you climb to the top of a tall building and have a look at the view. At other times you get to meet interesting and amazing people and take their pictures. At other times you have to get up early on a bleak winter's day, go to the beach, wade into the water just after dawn to get the tide and the picture. It all adds to the fun of the job.


06.04.2009 | 11:23 BST | Changes in the business

If you have been reading this blog you'll know that I went freelance in September 2008 after fourteen and a half years with a staff job on a specialist newspaper. Like most self-employed people I'm now working on my end of year accounts and I thought that it would be interesting to compare the figures for the last seven months with the equivalent period fifteen years ago. I wanted to know if I was a) Turning over the same kind of figures b) How my turnover breaks down compared to 1993 and c) Am I earning the same sort of money? Amazingly I have kept my hand written ledgers and so, in no particularly logical order, here is what I have discovered:


01.04.2009 | 14:47 BST | A quick update

When I started this pre-blog I promised myself to upload at least one entry per week but I find myself a day late and it's all due to being busy. As a freelancer, I am very happy to report that busy,in this case, means earning money and shooting pictures. The temptation to try to come up with an April fools joke was strong but time and creativity were in rather short supply.

I'm currently in a bit of a large concrete conference centre listening to speakers talking about sustainability. It's been interesting and tiring in equal measure but the only bloggable thing that has happened is that I have been pushing the boundaries of the EOS5D MkII in low light. I've seen pictures from the Nikon D3 and D700 and I am happy to report that the new Canon matched them in terms of noise and, for my taste, holds it's colours rather well too. To let you know just how dark it was at last night's conference gala dinner I was shooting at 3200 ISO at 1/45th of a second at f2.8 for some of the time and at 1/90th at f2.8 for much of the rest.

I'll try to post the images when my client has used them and I also promise to post some more blog entries very soon.

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